Capita Symonds is providing design and project management services on the £9.3m project – the Visions Learning Trust UTC - which will provide education for 800 young people aged 14-19. The college will specialise in construction and engineering, and combine traditional education with employer-led technical training.
The project is being developed in a 150-year-old Mill at the town’s Weavers’ Triangle site. Work involves a major refurbishment of a Grade II listed building in a conservation area and an extension for a sports hall that can’t be accommodated within the existing buildings.
Barnfield Construction project director Gareth Smith said: “This project epitomises real regeneration and with our partners at Burnley Borough Council we will be able to deliver this exciting project in a short period of time. The ethos behind this facility fits perfectly with our wider plans for the area. The work put in by our professional team is to be highly commended and has enabled a remarkable amount of work to be done in a very short period of time. This scheme forms part of a much wider regeneration which is being undertaken by the joint venture between Barnfield Investment Properties and Burnley Borough Council. This development will be the catalyst to much wider and exciting opportunities in this area creating much needed footfall and economic growth.”